Sunday, October 29, 2006

.hack//G.U.-"Initial" Reaction

Initial reaction usually implies when one first picks up something, tries it for awhile, then writes down what they think based on that. Well, I've done a tad more than that for .hack...about 12 hours more.

So, here's my reaction so far of .hack//G.U. Volume 1//REBIRTH

When I finished up .hack//QUARANTINE, Bandai had promised me and many others that .hack had ended. What they didn't tell us was that their "Project GU" was actually the sequel to the .hack series. As soon as I found this out by watching the first .hack//G.U. trailer, I was very excited to say the least.

Mainly because the main character had a freakin' giant chainsaw sword.

Obviously, back then, I was left with many questions. Who was this black-armored vigilante? What's up with this other dude's left arm? Why does Kite look like he's running Windows 95 through his character data? Well, it took about a year and a half of waiting, but I'm getting my answers.

The black-armored warrior is indeed the main character, Haseo, a.k.a. The Terror of Death. This name is very familiar to those who played the first four games, as it was the title of Skeith, the first Phase of Morganna. This is for a reason, as Haseo receives what is known as an Avatar, his being Skeith himself, allowing him to actually become Skeith. But that's after playing for awhile.

For the beginning of the game(Which spans a long time), you are a Twin Blade, much like the previous installments. This is because you were Data Drained in the opening cutscene from level 133 to 1 (UBER SUXXORZ!!111!!!) However, you later regain the ability to become another class, the Edge Punisher job, which is a lot like the Heavy Blade job. You can then procede to change weapons on the fly to fit any situation, which breaks the monotany presented by the other .hack games.

Speaking of which, the game accomplishes this in other ways. Instead of the cut/paste formula (Field, Dungeon, Boss/Gott Statue), the action stages of G.U. vary. They are either a Field where you find 3 Symbol fragments to get to the Judge Statue, a cave dungeon, or a Castle dungeon, with many dangers inside.

Everything is done very well. The graphics are amazing, the battle system is much more actiony and fun, and everything is more exciting in general.

Full Review soon....

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